We left Azofra early on the 14th July, setting out at just before 5am while it was still dark. We walked as a group again, all stopping around half an hour in to put on our water proofs as Tim the American was sure it was about to chuck it down with rain…. It never did!
On the way to Santo Domingo de Calzada we past an amusing sign which lifted our spirits and made us all laugh! Nothing was lost in this translation!
We arrived in Santo Domingo de Calzada early and stopped for coffee and breakfast having past through the disappointing ghost town of Cirueña a bit earlier. Apparently Golf courses are popular on the coast and so in an attempt to attract tourists a very nice golf club was built along with the town Cirueña. The golf course looks amazing but apparently the tourists never came, therefore every house has a for sale sign on it and there are no cars in the carparks or driveways…
An impressive water fountain for drinking water
We left Santo Domingo de Calzada after around 2 hours and walked an extra 7.2kms to Grañón where we stayed in another Church. We all slept in one room on gym mats with our sleeping bags. One pilgrim arrived later on in the day with a Donkey carrying all of his belongings… I felt sorry for the donkey, nobody asked him if he wanted to walk the way of St. James!
In the morning it was an early start again with Tim, the American. We made a good start and soon after the sun came up saw two para motors flying overhead… What a brilliant way to take the weight off your feet!
We had walked the 14kms to Belarado by 10am and Tim was keen to press on. I, however, was suffering once again with my knee and decided to stay here and let Tim carry on without me. I believe that he made it all the way to Burgos (where I now am) in one day!
Burgos is a large city with a big cathedral. I have enjoyed looking around and here, more than anywhere else, have really noticed the Spanish ‘siesta’ lifestyle…. In the daytime the city is very quiet.. No shops are open and there are few people out and about. However at night time the city really comes alive with hundreds of people filling the streets, bars and shops! I am booked into an Albergue called Amigos del Camino de Santiago Burgos, a large 6 storey albergue right in the city centre. I am going to leave in the morning and aim to end up in Hornillos del Camino by the time the sun gets too hot for me!